Base Village to be unveiled Monday |

Base Village to be unveiled Monday

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Intrawest and the Aspen Skiing Co. will formally present their Base Village application to the town of Snowmass Village on Monday. And again on Wednesday. And again on Monday, March 4.

Given the complexity of the application, which includes proposals for not only a new village at the bottom of Snowmass Ski Area, but also plans for six other development sites, the Town Council has asked for a three-part presentation.

The Base Village proposal includes 683 condos, 63,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and a 20,000-square-foot children’s center.

It also includes a 7,000-square-foot pool building and aquatic center, an 18,000-square-foot welcome center, 11,000 square feet of new conference space and a 12,000-square-foot performing arts center. Also included in the plan is a new gondola to Elk Camp and a new high-speed quad from the Snowmass Mall to the top of Sam’s Knob.

On Monday, executives from Intrawest and the Skico will present their thoughts on the core village to the Town Council and the Planning Commission. That meeting is set for 2 p.m. at the Fairway Conference Center across the street from the Snowmass Club.

On Wednesday at 4 p.m., a second presentation will be made. Depending on how the first meeting goes, it will cover the ski area improvements that are being proposed and then begin focusing on plans for the other parcels that have been bundled together with the Base Village application. No location has been set for Wednesday’s meeting.

The third Base Village meeting is set for Monday, March 4, at 2 p.m.

Intrawest, the Vancouver-based real estate developer and ski area operator, will be represented by Paul Shepherd, a vice president with the company, Raymond Letkeman, an architectural consultant from Vancouver, and Michael Noda of Oz Architecture from Denver.

The Skico team includes Bill Kane, vice president of planning and development, and Don Schuster, vice president of real estate development.

“We are interested to see if our six months of listening and learning about what is right for Base Village has put us on the right track,” said Shepherd.

After the series of initial presentations, the application will be sent to the Planning Commission for its review. It’s not clear how long that will take, but the town planning staff is likely to recommend that it take six to eight weeks.

Once the Planning Commission has completed its review, the Town Council will take a look at the plan, both in terms of the actual layout and size of the proposed village. But they will also look at how it fits with the rest of the village and with other proposed projects, such as the redevelopment of the Snowmass Center, itself a 270,000-square-foot project.

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